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Eero Pro WiFi System 2020 Latest Updated Review

Eero Pro WiFi System 2020 Latest Updated Review

Eero system makes it easy to eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones and control your network from your phone, and its low-profile router nodes are attractive and unobtrusive.

The dual-band Eero router offers decent performance and the retooled mobile app makes it a snap to manage your network and all of your connected devices.

Overview

Eero is no stranger to the mesh router space. Its original mesh system, released in 2016, was one of the first to combine small, stylish design with an easy-to-use app that made home networking far less daunting  though it came with a hefty price tag that made it hard to recommend over similar options like Google Wifi.

A subsequent second-gen model later arrived with simpler Beacon access points that plugged straight into your AC outlets, but at $400 for the three-piece kit, it was still hard for many to justify.

Now, the once-independent company is releasing its first product since being bought by Amazon in 2019: a third-generation mesh system that further simplifies the setup process and finally offers competitive pricing.

Pros

  • Sleek design.
  • Very easy to set up and manage.
  • Solid throughput performance.

Cons

  • Many features require a subscription.
  • Lacks QoS settings.
  • No USB ports.

Setup

The setup is about as simple as it gets.

The Eero is powered over USB-C via a 15W brick — just plug it in next to your modem, connect the two together using the included ethernet cable, and follow the instructions on the Eero app from your phone

Depending on your ISP, though, there may be a few extra steps involved.

In my case, AT&T Fiber doesn’t allow you to use your own equipment without routing it through the provided modem/router combo.

Setting up a pass through connection isn’t terribly complicated, but it takes a bit of manual configuration that first-timers may not be comfortable with.

Of course, that’s not eero’s fault, but it’s helpful to know before you run into trouble.

Eero Mesh WiFi Should you buy it?

The new Eero system is a lot like the second-generation Eero system before it. It’s sleek enough to place out in the open and it’s incredibly easy to set up and have a speedy and consistent network throughout your home that’s simple to manage and amplify.

But that’s not as unique as it once was, and the Eero is far from the fastest or most affordable mesh system on the

Easy as 1-2-3

Each of the three devices that come in an Eero starter kit is identical.

Just pick one, connect it to your modem with an Ethernet cable, plug it in and then follow the instructions in Eero’s app to get your network up and running.

Those instructions are among the most helpful and easy to follow that I’ve seen from a mesh system, with handy illustrations and quick signal strength tests to ensure that you’ve picked good spots for the satellite devices.

Product Design

The designs are in different directions.

The Orbi is the largest with an industrial design direction. Eero is the shortest an has an Apple-lesque minimal design.

The new beacons are much better designed and inconspicuous when compared tot he Amplifi beacons. The nightlight is a welcomed additional feature.

The Amplifi main units has a cool techy feel to it with a main unit with a bright LCD screen but thats where the design stopped because the satellite units have a quirky magnetic design

A child magnet because my daughter was always trying to adjust them for us. Google was just simple and quite unassuming.

Velop had a modern feel/look to it. We found ourselves drawn to the simple clean design of the Eeros because they blended easily with our decor.  However design is so subjective that it depends on what you like.

System

We set them up using an iPhone 7 Plus except for the Orbi which we used an iMac. We maintained the same room/general location main/satellite units for testing.

Orbi setup is through the internet and that was easy and fast and it found the satellites with no issues.

Eero set up was easy via the app and it found the satellites with no issues. We had to reposition the Google, Amplifi and Velop satellites during the initial setup for the main units to “see” them .

After setup we plugged ethernet cables into the Velop, Google and Eero satellites to maximize performance. Orbi and Amplifi do not have this feature.

Overall the setup for each 3 unit pack took less than 10mins for Eero/Orbi and less than 30mins for the rest.

The 2nd Gen Eero with the updated software have the quickest setup till date. Even better than the previous Eero. Standouts here are Orbi and Eero because set up was simple and straight forward.

However the edge goes to Eero due to how simple it was to set up with the app.

System App

System App

The  Eero Pro WiFi System app is where you interact with and glean all the information about your network and devices.

Orbi has an app but its basically worthless and you have to use a net based portal to really access and customize the system.

Next is the Amplifi app which at the time of testing wasn’t so great. Google, Velop and Eero have the most user friendly apps. You can access your system remotely to control all available features.

We are not complex users so advanced features like port forwarding etc etc were not a huge selling point to us.

Features we looked for in the app were quality of service, devices connections, which nodes were connected to what device, signal strength to each device, guest access, network diagnosis,

Number of devices connected  pausing internet/blocking devices, built in speed tests, device priority setting and device seamless roaming from node to node. With all this in mind Eero App was the winner hands down.

The app was well laid out, information was easily visible and accessible and that made it a joy to use